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July 1, 2014

Bloomsburg University notifies students, alumni of data exposure

BLOOMSBURG — Bloomsburg University is notifying 46 current and former students about a possible exposure of personal data that was contained on a partially secured BU website.

An alumnus recently notified BU that two documents containing what he believed to be student names, Social Security numbers and assessment scores from the Haberman Star Teacher Pre-Screener test were publicly available on a university website.

The university verified that the documents contained BU student or alumni names and other personal information and immediately removed the documents from the website. The documents, available since November 2012, did not appear directly on the website and were only available via a web search using very specific search criteria.

“We are in the process of contacting all 46 students whose names and Social Security numbers were listed on these documents,” said Wayne Mohr, associate vice president for technology. “We are providing them free credit monitoring services for one year with one of the three major credit bureaus.”

The documents were linked to a report prepared for reaccreditation by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, known as NCATE. Students who completed the screening test were directed to use random identification numbers; instead, some participants provided their Social Security numbers.

Affected students and alumni may direct questions to Mohr at (570) 389-4303.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university, celebrating 175 years of excellence in 2014, serves approximately 10,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.

 

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